Tag: Writing

Procedural Writing

LI: To write a set of clear instructions that show how to make a hangi.

How to make a hangi

You will need:


  • Shovels
  • lighter/matches 
  • stones/iron
  • paper
  • lighter
  • twigs/kindling
  • metal baskets
  • Cloth sacks
  • hook tool
  • Gloves
  • cylinder of water
  • big leaves
  • wood
  • at least 2-3 people to dig the pit.


  • Ingredients:
  • Vegetables(potato, carrots, taro leaves, kumara, pumpkin,  cabbage.) 
  • Meat (ox, chicken, beef, lamb, pork)

Numbered Steps:

  1. Dig 1m(4ft) deep pit. Make sure it’s slightly larger than food baskets.
  2. Gather wood and volcanic stones then stack the wood piling the stones on top
  3. Light the wood on fire and let the wood and stones wait for about 3-5 hours so they heat up, you will know when they are ready once stones start turning white.
  4. Prepare the vegetables and add garlic powder and seasonings to add flavor.
  5. Collect meat for the hangi and season with salt and pepper or garlic powder, commonly chicken, pork and beef. 
  6. Line baskets in foil or banana leaves and place food in making sure meat and vegetables are in separate trays.
  7. Soak sacks and sheets in water and place on the side of the pit so dirt can’t get in.
  8. Place all the food trays into the pit on top of the hot rocks making sure the meats are added first and then the vegetables.
  9. Put a wet sheet on top of the trays that is long enough to touch the bottom tray, then add more wet sacks and sheets on top of everything.
  10. Let the food cook for at least 4 hours and then remove all sacks and sheets carefully so that no dirt gets onto the 
  11. Use gloves to transfer the trays of food and let it cool down.
  12. Carve meat to serving sizes and enjoy!

Today we unpacked how to follow and write a set of instructions. To do this effectively your instructions need to be explicit and the steps to follow ordered. Each step begins with an instructional verb and should be written in a way that is easy to understand.

SAFETY MESSAGE: Always make sure someone is looking after the Hangi to make sure that nothing burns and the environment is safe.

I enjoyed trying to follow the steps of the worksheet at the start because it taught me thayt I should always read the instructions carefully before I do anything.

A Moment in Time

LI: To recount and explore the learning and experiences from our Year 7/8 camp

I wrote a poem based on my senses like auditory, tactile, visual, and kinesthetic. I used my prior knowledge of the senses and unpacked different words and ideas that describes the Hunua Falls. These moment in time poems represent my experience at Kokako Lodge. One of my ideas were “I saw the birds flying freely in the live green trees”,  I then used word hippo to find more powerful words to strengthen My poem.

I found this activity fun because I got to use my sences to create a strong poem about my experience at Kokako lodge.

Key Competencies

LI: To create a comparison of the before and after experiences at camp.

Before camp, we wrote down what we would achieve at camp by using the acronym TRUMP. The meaning of Trump is thinking, relating to others, using language symbols and text, managing self, and participating and contributing. These 5 words help us to remember when to use them in every activity. When we came back from camp, we wrote down how we used the key competencies for our belongings and in the activities.

I found this activity fun because I got to create goals that I could try and achieve at camp so I could help others have a good time.

Word Building

LI: To build words from a base word using prefixes and suffixes.

This week we have been learning how words are build from a base word using suffixes and prefixes. A base word is a complete word by itself that changes when you add a prefix or suffix. Our challenge is to see how many words we could make from one base word. In this DLO the word we used was ‘excite’.

We found this activity fun because this is a helpful and fun way to learn how to spell words and how prefixes and suffixes can change the meaning of a word. For example un means not, and happy means an emotion of expressing cheerfulness and glee. So if you put them togeather it creates un+happy then the meaning changes. Unhappy-not happy, or a emotion for feeling sad and gloomy. 

Explination Writing

LI: To understand the structure and language features in an explanation

How did Goldilocks upset the Bear family?

To upset somebody is making them feel bad, disappointed, and worried. In the fairytale/story Goldilocks makes bad decisions and ends up upsetting the Bear family in different ways. Have you ever felt upset in any way?

Goldilocks was curious, with this in mind she entered the strange house cautiously.

While trespassing, Goldilocks smelt the exquisite smell of porridge so she tried them all, as a result for the last one being just right she gobbled it all up.

After filling her stomach Goldilocks was exhausted so she felt the need to sit down. As she tried to sit on all the chairs with the last one being comfortable it broke underneath her, as her fall being rough she hurt herself in the process so she wandered off for a place to rest in mind.

As she stumbled upon 3 beds she yawned and tried to fall asleep in the first bed, but it was too hard. As she tried the next bed she sunk right in, it was too soft. As she was now giving up all hope she tried the last one being just right for her, as the bed was as comfortable as it was, she dozed off.

The Bear family returned home soon after and when they saw their home looking horrendous and their furniture in pieces they were furious. When they walked into their bedroom Baby Bear was angry to see a little girl in his bed, once Goldilocks woke up the Bear family scared her and she ran terrified with never going back to the forest in mind.

The impact of what you do could affect others in many ways. As Goldilocks did not intend to try and upset anybody, the consequence of her actions made other people angry, and could have put herself in great danger. 

To help us understand how to write an explanation we looked at the purpose, the structure and the language features needed. An explanation tells us how or why something is the way it is. To help us understand this we learnt about cause and effect. Cause and effect is an action and a reaction. We used the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears to help us understand this. Here is our explanation that describes how Goldilocks upset the Bear family.

This activity was fun because learning about how to write an explanation using cause and effect is a good way to help understand what it is and how to use it in an explanation.

Narritive Writing

I learnt how to write a narritive using planners.

First I brainstormed some ideas of what my story can be about.

Then, I selectied what ideas from the brainstorm I wanted, and put them on a planner. After that I created a draft.

Lastly, I wrote my full narritive. I chose to write a narritive about fairries.

I enjoyed this task becuae i like writing stories.

TEE Structure

TEE is the structure of a narrative.

The T stands for topic sentence. A topic sentence is what happens in the paragraph. For example: the cat is fluffy.

The frist E stands for explain. Explain is explaining the topic sentence. For example: the fluffy cat named Alfred jumped into mud.

The last E stands for elaborate. Elaborate is to add more information about the topic, and descirbe it better. For example: Alfred, the giant maincoon cat, leaped into a puddle of mud, becoming dirty, ruining his fluffy lion mane fur, coloured the slightest shade of gray.

TEE is the structure of a narrative. T stands for topic sentence. The first E stands for explain. The last E stands for elaborate.

Formal and Informal

Formal and informal language are two ways that you can talk to people, informal is like casual talk. Formal is kind of like serious talk.

Informal language is personal, like when you are talking to friends, family, or people who are close with. Informal language is like slang. Saying things like “hi” instead of “hello”.

Formal language is when you are adressing someone you don;t know well, like strangers or important people. Formal language is like showing respect. Formal language can not use slang. For example, “hello” is formal, but “hi” is not.

Formal and informal are 2 ways to talk to people. Informal is personal, and formal is when addressing people who you don’t know well.